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UGRD Staff Profiles

  • AJ Howell-Williams

    Senior Associate Director

    A.J. is a native of San Jose, CA but has spent time in each of the four corners of the country. A former transfer student and athlete, A.J. oversees the Transfer process and is the Admission liaison for Athletics recruitment. An admission veteran, A.J. has worked in higher education for over a decade and is also a published author.

  • Becky Konowicz

    Dean of Undergraduate Admission

    Becky has been working in university admissions since 2004 and arrived at Santa Clara in 2013. As Dean, she is responsible for setting and leading the strategic direction of all admission and recruitment efforts for first-year and transfer students, including oversight of all technical, and marketing initiatives. Having lived abroad and spent the early part of her career working with international students, she finds continued enjoyment in working with students from all backgrounds and experiences to support their journey towards a higher education degree. Having served on various panels, boards and committees, she most recently volunteered on the Executive Board for the International Association for College Admission Counseling (International ACAC). Becky lives in Campbell, CA with her husband and enjoys the access to the beach and mountains that the Bay Area affords.

  • Danielle Wenzel Sandoval

    Director of Marketing and Communication

    Danielle is originally from the Napa Valley area of Northern California. While completing her undergraduate studies, she worked in the Financial Aid Office where she was introduced to the Admissions world. She has over 13 years of experience in enrollment management and has been with the Undergraduate Admission Office at Santa Clara University since 2006. She currently oversees a team which handles all marketing and communication efforts for the office.

  • Eryn Olson

    Associate Director

    Born and raised in a beach suburb of Los Angeles, Eryn moved up to northern California to start her life as a Bronco in 2012. While working for the Santa Clara Magazine, she enjoyed meeting and writing about current students and alumni. Now, as Associate Director in Undergraduate Admission, she helps prospective students and families see if SCU fits as part of their life story, too.

  • Eva Blanco Masias

    Vice President for Enrollment Management

    Eva has been with the Undergraduate Admission Office since 2003. As VP for Enrollment Management, she serves on the president's cabinet and oversees the operations of undergraduate admission, university financial aid, and enrollment services. Eva worked for ten years in Latino media as a leader in ad sales and marketing for several start-up operations launching into Latin American and the U.S. Hispanic market, including Fox Latin American Channel, USA Networks, Discovery Networks, and El Sition.com. She has served on several boards and committees of local and national non-profit organizations and is currently President of the National Catholic College Admission Association. Originally from Venice Beach, Eva lives in San Jose with her husband and young daughter.

  • Kendall Wulbrun

    Assistant Director

    Kendall is originally from Illinois but has lived in almost every region of the country. While in college, Kendall worked closely with her institution's admission office, sparking a passion for a career in higher education. Having researched the academic and social experiences of students of color in higher education as an undergrad, Kendall is excited to work with multicultural initiatives here at Santa Clara and is passionate about facilitating a more diverse and inclusive campus community.

  • Lorenzo Gamboa

    Senior Associate Director

    Lorenzo is originally from a very small town with eight graduating seniors in his public high school class. Coming from a close-knit community, he is familiar with the assumptions and fears one may have when considering leaving town for college. Reflecting on his own journey of college, he aspires to clarify the daunting experience for other first-generation students that he once faced himself. Lorenzo has over ten years of experience in college advising and currently oversees new initiatives.

  • Paola Garcia-Vega

    Associate Director

    Paola grew up in the Bay Area prior to attending SCU for her undergraduate and graduate studies. She is now an Assistant Director in the Undergraduate Admission Office. She has always been interested in supporting students and families through the process of higher education. In her current role in admissions, she is committed to working with first-generation college students and undocumented students.

  • Claire Kreeft

    Assistant Director

    Claire was raised in a small beach town in Santa Cruz County and has been lucky enough to live and work in cities across the country. She has a deep passion for education and student development and has accompanied students on almost every step of their college-going journey as a teacher, college access counselor, and assistant resident director. Currently as an Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admission she enjoys helping students and families learn more about Santa Clara University, as well as the greater higher education landscape, with a special commitment to underrepresented communities.

  • Michaela Ahlstrom

    Assistant Director

    Michaela is a former transfer student and graduate of Santa Clara University. After graduation, Michaela went on to receive her Master’s degree from King’s College London. Michaela is a forever learner, teacher and adviser. She is passionate about the Jesuit philosophy of educating the whole person: mind, body and spirit. Michaela is excited to work with incoming first-year and transfer students and advise students from all backgrounds through the process of accessing higher education.

  • Randy Wang

    Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admission

    Although Randy was born in Boston, he grew up and attended school in San Jose. As the first person in his family to attend college, he hopes to share his experiences with other students looking for advice. As a former teacher, he is passionate about education and has always been committed to helping students reach their goals. After earning his M.B.A. from SCU, Randy is now Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admission.

  • Gerardo Miranda

    Assistant Director

    Gerardo was born and raised in Los Angeles. While he was in college, Gerardo found a passion for working with high school students and their post-secondary goals. He began working as a college access counselor with grant-based programs such as GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) and EAOP (Early Academic Outreach Program) in Santa Cruz County. Gerardo is passionate about assisting first-generation and first-time college students in finding a home away from home. As a first-generation student himself, Gerardo aims to make the application and admission process as easy as possible for both students and families.